1611 S Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA | Directions 9027733.815360 -118.386513
I just gave Chez Melange a 'Recommend' at Citysearch because it's the bomb diggity
Good Enough – Just to make clear this is the NEW location Chez Melange, not the old! Upon arriving at Chez Melange we walked through the charming but very noisy gastropub to enter the restaurant. First impression upon entering the dining room was that this is an upscale and intimate dining ambiance: white linen tablecloths, candlelight. Once seated I immediately noticed that my silverware was dirty and the tablecloth had remnants of someone else's food on it. Not a good start as I am very particular about cleanliness, especially at a restaurant like this. Once the server arrived at our table we ordered a bottle of wine and asked him to replace the dirty silverware, which he did promptly. We were given a very unexpected table snack of pretzel rods and wasabi cream to dip them in. The pretzels were tasty but the wasabi cream was kind of blah. I never expected to see pretzels on the table at a nice restaurant. I was impressed with the variety of cultural cuisine on the menu, as I was expecting it to be only French cuisine. We ordered curry lettuce wraps for an appetizer and that came out quickly and it was a nice light starter. I ordered the bacon wrapped scallops and my Husband ordered what was basically a meatloaf. My dinner was fantastic, the scallops were cooked just right, very tender and moist. My Husband's meatloaf was "nothing to write home about". He wished he had ordered something else because it didn't have a lot of flavor. We shared a chocolate bread pudding for dessert that was a delightful way to end the meal. We don't mind dropping a large amount of money on a fabulous meal, but we felt the menu was a tad overpriced. Being that the cleanliness factor weighs heavily on my mind that was kind of a downer for me from the start. The service was great, almost too good because while we were eating our entree the same person stopped by our table 3 times to ask how everything was. We appreciate the attention, but it was a little annoying the 3rd time he asked. I am not sure if we will be returning to the restaurant, but we will check out the gastropub that looks fun and interesting. It's worth giving this spot a try, after all we lack quality restaurants in Redondo Beach.
Chic Redondo Beach bistro welcomes a fizzy gastropub to its ritzy beachside atmosphere. – In Short
Named after a wine-producing village in France's Champagne region, this low-lit pub sits just steps away from the main restaurant, Chez Melange. Welcoming locals with its trendy wood-lined interior and swanky (and small) takes on comfort food, the location allows linen-clad guests to snuggle up at high bench seats while snacking on bites of truffle parmesan fries and smoked salmon flatbread. As diners sip Cabernet Sauvignon and Boont Amber ale, waiters bring out main entrees of Southern fried chicken salads and Carolina "Knife and Fork" burgers, served with barbeque brisket, bacon and cole slaw.
Bad Experience – After not being to Chez Melange in quite a few years my family decided to go there for a birthday dinner. Our experience was not good. First started with being out of the wine we ordered, and those not drinking wine waited for their drinks while they tried to find us another bottle (guess they can't multi-task). There were loud and disturbing people next to us that finally got moved and a medical emergency in the main dining room that required paramedics....not the restauants fault but no apology to us for the commotion. The light above the table didn't work so we sat in the dark until the waitress found candles and then the topper was we waited over 30 minutes between starters and main course, which when it finally came the fish was overcooked and greasy. Lucky us, we got to pay over $300 for this wonderful experience....never again, too many fine restaurants in the South Bay to pick from.
great customer service – the food here is good not great. the service is good as well. just don't do catering with these guys. the service is scattered and stressful, and uses a lot of filler for the whorederves. we had to constantly wait for rock shrimp to come out while no one was eating the little tomato pizzas. the owner (british dude) was underprepared and did not know how to work the grill properly. the son is also rude at one of the weddings i was at. don't know if its because he's going out of business or moving to another location. but i wish them the best of luck, cause if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!!! great seafood though.
Great find – Chez Melange looks like a 50's California Coffee Shop from the street, only done up in white instead of pink and orange. Once inside, it is much more civilized. One of the nicest hostesses anywhere (Kate) found us a great table. The dinner menu is vast, so many choices, and so many looked tempting. We decided on the filet mignon. Perfectly cooked medium rare, excellent flavor and so tender. Accompanied by asparagus and a wonderful corn-infused mashed potatoes (they call them corn-studded!)
Great wine selection, but the house merlot was fine, and a yummy dessert tray, too. Delicious coffee with dessert. Nothing to complain about at all, waiter was attentive, and most other diners seemed to be enjoying their meals just as much.
What a nice dinner, at a nice restaurant.
Comfy, Classy Fusion Food in the South Bay – Chez Melange is a restaurant that came highly recommended by some personal friends. After seeing the Citysearch Reviews, we decided to try it for Mother's Day. At first we were taken aback by the rather quaint exterior decor - it's located in the lobby of an older-style Hotel, with a very 1980's look to it. However, once we were seated those fears melted away to a delightful evening dinner. The interior has a comfy charm that complements the good fusion food.
The waitress and service were top notch, and the food was American Fusion and very well done. We tried the Hamachi (Yellowtail) Sushi and it was very fresh and top-notch. I had the Kurobuta Chops (Japanese Black Pork, Natural-fed), and it was very good (not the best, but solid). The Ribeye turned out to be very well-done as well. The Chocolate Cake (warm, with a gooey, delicious, chocolate filling) was fabulous.
All-in-all, a solid Fusion Restaurant that's worth a visit if you're in the area, or want to try something different.
Excellent food and service! – My boss and I decided to go to a nice restaurant nearby, but with good food. I saw that Chez Melange had an above average rating, so we tried it. I had the chicken rustica sandwhich, which was pretty good, somewhat bland, but still tasty. My boss had the basa de fracaise, which he said was also very well prepared. What was a truely EXELLENT dish was the rock candy, which was shrimp in a thai glaze, which has a sweet and sour taste. Im usually not one for seafood, but this dish was so yummy! The servers were very attentive, and when drinks were running low, they were right there to refill. I would definately suggest this restaurant!
Brasserie presents a California-style menu to well-heeled South Bay diners. – In Short
Attached to the Palos Verdes Inn, this mature restaurant's softly lit dining room is appointed with black-and-gray striped valances and overstuffed booths. The wide-ranging menu extends from home-style to sophisticated: signature Southern fried chicken salad is composed of lettuce, corn and toasted pecans, with chicken chunks in a buttermilk dressing. A sashimi sampler includes seared tuna, yellowtail, salmon and shrimp. House-favorite entrees are Rabbit Three Ways, petite filet with Gorgonzola ravioli and a spicy Cajun meat loaf.
eh...nothing to get excited about. – I agree with the reviews--this place is upscale-ish for the South Bay. Has a very 1992 ambiance to it. It can be nice for family holidays and brunch.
This was my very first restaurant--I came here as infant, back when they use to have this great side bakery that sold chocolate truffles in the shape of footballs. The owners have several great Californian restaurants in the South BayIm not sure if they still own all of them but theyre worth a try, especially Misto Cafe and Bakery (Hawthorne Blvd and Via Valmonte)--Christine's, The Depot, etc.
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